Study: 4G networks offer next-best opportunity for IPTV

As some fear and others hope, fourth generation high-speed wireless services will indeed be invading the IPTV space, Renub Research contends in a new report, "4G (LTE and WiMAX) Service/Revenue Market Analysis and its Opportunities for Industries."

While some in the wireline space may take issue with the term "opportunities" because they see wireless as yet another competitor in an already contentious space, the researchers, in a press release summing up the report, said they believe "4G technology is also opening various opportunities for different industries across the world" via a "4G IPTV platform...to view live HD TV."

The report bases its projections on the fact that mobile operators worldwide are investing billions in spectrum acquisition and network buildout to reach 4G ubiquity and that they need a return on this investment.

"4G networks are able to provide a comprehensive quadruple IP solution where voice, data and streamed multimedia can be given to users on an 'Anytime, Anywhere' basis featuring the full mobility, and at higher data rates than previous generations," the press release said.

The report predicted that North America will claim about 45 percent of the worldwide 4G share by 2014.

Interestingly, the report touches on another wireless broadband technology once considered a potential IPTV provider. WiMAX, it said, has an advantage because it can "enable the adoption of advanced radio features in a uniform fashion and reduce costs for all the radios made by companies."

Still, WiMAX falls short of LTE, which "can increase downlink speed up to 100 Mbps."

For more:
- Renub Research issued this press release

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